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Sgt Grit Marine Corps Newsletter - March 3, 2005

I personally would like you to keep your bumper stickers too. As you may remember, I am the mother of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, who was KIA on November 8, 2004 in Iraq. My son believed in the Corp. and was willing to not only die for the Corps, but for what he believed in. Thank you for your support.
Pam Trevino

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Not Once Did He Move

My son, Cpl. Joshua Harris. HMLA 169, USMC was one of the first in Iraq in 2003. They went to prepare a base for the squadron and give the ground troops support. After 10 months overseas he finally came home Oct. 18 Of 2003. He was able to come home for Christmas also because they were getting ready to go back in April. This was the last time I saw my son. Jan. 22, 2004, He and three other crew members of a Huey were killed in a crash at Camp Pendelton during a night flight. Their helicopter hit a power line tower. His commander and one of his friends escorted my son to the town of his birth were the funeral was held. The reason I am writing this is I have to give the Honor Guard there their credit. They had been to a few of these as of late and it must have taken its toll on one certain Cpl. He was standing at attention with tears flowing down the side of his face. Not once did he move to wipe the tears away.

Charles Harris... New port Richey, FL

Bilge Pump Would Be Nice

Of all the amazing war gear invented; there still isn't a portable fox hole. Considering all the people whose rectum has tightened at the sound of incoming, it would seem someone would derive something to make entrenching tools obsolete and lighten the load of the grunt. It wouldn't have to be fur lined or have running water or a beer tap, though a moon roof and bilge pump would be nice. A 3 billion dollar appropriation would be a reasonable amount to begin a study toward providing this essential. Nothing is too good for our troops. Semper fi. Doug Finney. Sgt. 22nd Reg.WWII Purple Heart--no head wound-- helmet chin strap too tight..

Well, That's The Way

As a member of the "old Corps" I have to say that the "new Corps" is far superior to us. I know that I will receive some flak from this but isn't it a fact that each generation that comes along is supposed to be better than the last? Well, that's the way the Marine Corps is supposed to progress. And, in addition, I personally would feel unsettled if the new Corps wasn't better than us back in the Vietnam era. I look at the who we are producing now in our two recruit depots and I can feel real proud and confident that those Marines that are coming out of boot camp are in every way better trained, educated and better able to adapt to the new challenges of terrorism now facing our country. I watched a documentary on our Marines and I had to say to myself " My God I am so proud of these men and women now serving our Corps and I am confident that they will carry out our policies that will benefit our generations to come."

JoeS Abington PA

LtCol Khan

In response to SgtMaj Isherwood's letter about LtCol Khan

I retired in 98, I had the pleasure of crossing paths with LtCol Khan on two different occasions in my career. I can say there was no finer officer than that man. He is a warrior.

Now that I have retired, my son has taken my place. As a young Marine in CAAT 1/6 my son was deployed to Afghanistan with "Ghengis". I was at ease (as you can be) knowing that my son was going to be in the gunfight with Ghengis.

Rough, yes! Driven absolutely! And that is what we need when our sons go into harms way. He was ruthless in his training and his demands. AMEN!! My son and the Marines in that Battalion loved him.

I had the pleasure of meeting Genghis again upon the battalions return from Afghanistan. I watched that man become visibly shaken when talking about the 1 Marine he lost. I told him that I was proud to be a father of a young Marine who served in his battalion. I am very grateful to him and the rest of the leaders who took my son into harms way and brought him back.

I agree with SgtMaj Isherwood, that was a HUGE mistake to relieve him. The Corps has lost one of the true Warriors. I would pick up a rifle and follow that man anywhere. All who have served with him would probably say the same.

Semper Fi Ghengis

1stSgt Mark Gordon (ret)

Source Of Comfort

Sgt Grit - I just wanted to finally tell you how much I have enjoyed your newsletter since I was introduced to it. I have used a couple of statements from the Marines that write to you to keep my readers informed of the truth. They have been a source of comfort for many of our veterans and their families who are trying to cope with the ordeal of our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. The reassurance from the war zone, that we are making a difference, means a lot to those who have to endure the twisted biased versions of the truth, dealt to us by the media. Your Feb. 3rd newsletter made me realize it was time for me to thank you and all our warriors for the job they are doing. I want to encourage the Marines seeing things first hand to write about it.. Share the truth with us and let us pass it on to the skeptics.

I am with you in spirit and my prayers are for your safe return. We passed the torch on years ago but our pride and love for the Corps we kept. We are proud of you brave men and women and the heritage and traditions you are perpetuating for the future Marines.

Semper Fi
T. Crisp, SgtMaj(Retired)

Participate In The First Free Elections

Hello again Sgt.,

I have written in before shortly after I arrived in Iraq. I am writing now because my time in Iraq is coming to a close. I had the unique opportunity to be in this country and to participate in the first free elections in this country. It has been a unique experience to say the least since I have been here. I am part of the 1st FSSG tasked with convoy security among other things here. While the security position we provide here is one of the more dangerous jobs, it is also one of the most rewarding jobs we have done. We have all traveled to places that most only dream about and many will not go. This mission has been one of the greatest experiences that I have ever been privileged enough to be a part of. Since I have been here, the overwhelming support that I have received from home has been astounding. My family and wonderful Fiancé, Amber Hannah, have made much of what I do possible. Without the support of the people that we love and care about, and the support of our American nation our mission is pointless. I have personally traveled over 4,000 miles since I have been here, and it is not an easy task. Thank you for the news letter that you provide.

Since I have been here, I have read everyone of them and the stories that people provide have also been a great help to me. I hope that this news letter continues for many years, and one day I can write in again to give support to those who will need it.

Cpl Maddox
Lima 4/14
TQ, Iraq

Navy Nurse

Dear Sarge: I was a Navy nurse and served two tours of duty in Viet Nam, from '67-'69. I want to say that the Marines I attended to were ALL heroes in my book! Although young and injured, they had an inner strength of character and spirit that went far beyond the ordinary. These Marines helped ME when things got tough!

My oldest son was a "Doc" with the Marines and he is proud to say he served alongside these brave warriors.

I am older now and beginning to feel the years. I came back from Nam with a few wounds myself and am now receiving service connected disability. But, what I REALLY carried back from Nam was respect and pride I have for your beloved Marines Corps.

May God bless you all!
Kathleen M. Conley, Comdr.. USN Retired

Parting Of The Red Sea

Sgt Grit:

I enjoyed reading your newsletter, and I read with a chuckle the "saluting incident" of S/Sgt Moore. I had an interesting incident when I returned from Nam in 1970. I had never worn my dress uniform, because as a young Marine officer I had gone from the Basic School at Quantico to Vietnam. My sister in law was graduating from High School and she wanted me to attend the ceremony in Dallas, TX. The ceremony was held at my old college campus at Southern Methodist University. I agreed to go, but then she begged me to wear my dress uniform and medals. I was not enthused about this, because I figured there would be maggots there. Even in TX the maggots were out protesting the war. After a few drinks I put my uniform on and went. As my father in law and I walked up the steps of the auditorium, it was the "parting of the Red Sea" all over again. Students, parents, and others moved aside and let us pass. I quickly realized that my father in law had dropped 6 or 7 steps behind me to allow me to receive whatever honors the people on the steps had in mind. Several clapped and one young man saluted. I returned the salute even though it was not proper protocol to do so. This was my Homecoming Parade. It was wonderful.

Captain Carl A. Anderson
RVN, 69-70
Hotel Co., 2/4


sgt grit my name is luis anglero/fernandini I was in the marines from 1957 to 1960.I was a cook in camp lejeune. I also went to lebanon in 1958, my head is a little fuzzy, I am hoping someone out there can enlighten me as to what we did. I remember the landing on the beach, I remember leaving sometime later, but not what happened in between..
I thank all of you in advance SEMPER Fi.
luis anglero/fernandini

El Toro

Yesterday, Feb.17,2005, will go down as another sad day in the Corps. To all my fellow Marines that have served at the old Marine Air Wing base at El Toro, Ca., the base was sold to a Fla. developer, for 1.+ billion dollars. It is slated for over 3400 homes, stores, and a park. It is going to missed and it meant a lot to the county of Orange. Also there was LTA. in Santa Ana. What a shame, so much history, so many memories. I was stationed there from 72 to 74. I was a M.P., and was a presidential security guard for Pres. Nixon. It was probably the best duty stations in the Corps. It was great liberty cause you could go anywhere to the beach, L.A., San Diego, Vegas, and other places. You could go to Disneyland, an Angel game, or a Dodger game.

Here in Ca. we have lost a lot of military bases. It is sad since 9-11, we should be opening new bases or improving the ones we have not closing them. This is thanks to a former president, not to mention names. We are still involved in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our fight against terrorism is and will be a long hard go. When are people going to learn that it takes a strong military to do so.
Cpl.John C.Annis U.S.M.C.

Letter to Sgt Grit's Newsletter

Corps Values

Hey Guys and Girls.
It isn't often I come across a book I think, without fancy words and phrases, gets right down to the "meat" of our problems..


One chapter particularly stayed in my mind.

In today's world, it seems the "so-called" movie and TV idols, can't perform without removing their clothing and using language so "salty", it would redden the face of old-time Gunnery Sergeants. They make having s&x out of wedlock and birthing bastard children, into something that stylish or trendy.

Where's the "shame"..???

Back in the 50s.
I can remember. When there was a Court Martial in our unit. There would be a battalion formation. The commander would read off the charges and sentence. Then call for the Prisoner Chaser and order the prisoner to be removed from our midst.

As a snot-nose teenager in the ranks, I'd think to myself, "I'd rather die a thousand deaths, than to bring that kind of shame on myself, my unit and the Marine Corps".

So Guys,
If you want a book that's easy to read, hard-hitting, right on target and says it all..........Pick up a copy of Corps Values.

As the author says, and you'll probably agree, as I:
Everything you need to know I learned in the Marines.

Written by: Zell Miller
Ex-Govenor of Georgia and Ex-Marine.

God bless all of you, especially, you men and women who're constantly in Harm's Way.

Semper Fi,
H S Bane
1103546 (Marine at Large)

Digging In My Pockets

As I was reading the latest letters, I was thinking about when I reported to the Music School in Virginia. Myself and two other privates were standing outside of the airport waiting for the shuttle to take us to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek when this General officer (CG FMFLant) comes up and asks if any of us has a quarter that he can use for the parking meter. Having never seen anyone over the rank of 1Lt we made quite a spectacle of ourselves. Between digging in my pocket and trying to salute at the same time, my heart was racing, I was scared to death of this officer. The General gave a little laugh, thanked us and walked off. He was there to pick up his wife and forgot to bring change. When we got to the school which has Army, Navy, and Marines, an Army PFC came out to help us with our gear. We see the gold rank on his shirt and immediately snap to attention and render a salute. Little did we know that the Army wears gold rank on their uniforms. Talk about a day of learning and embarrassment.

Fred L. Brown
CPL, 81-85 FMF PAC Band

Kilo 3/7 Vietnam Reunion

And attached units reunion in Minneapolis, MN on August 11-15, 2005
Contact Harry Smith at, or call, 870-247-1146

MGen Mike Ryan

Sgt. Grit:

On 25 January 2005, MGen Mike Ryan reported for duty guarding the streets of glory. You recall him as the Deputy Commander of 3d Marine Division in Vietnam, I believe, while you were there. The General was awarded the Navy Cross for action on Tarawa (many believe it should have been the MOH). I served as the General's aide de camp while he was Director, Command and Staff College, and also as Director of Education- each at Quantico. He later commanded the 2d Marine Division.

Many folks remember him as the originator of The Marine Corps Marathon. He was concerned that not many would show up, but today, over 22,000 run in this annual event. MGen. Ryan was a gentleman. He and his wife, Marjorie, were a wonderful couple who would put you completely at ease quickly. There are many of us who are better people in this life because of him. They had three children- I only knew Mike and Terry- two very bright and affable Marine Corps kids who, I am sure, have done well because of this couple's inspiration and leadership. He and his family made our corps even better!

This will be my last aide duty to the general- this notice to our brothers. Semper fi, Marines. The general's passed on to greater service...

once Captain Jim Meyers 094915

There She Was

Sgt. Grit:

I was a 1Lt. with the Separate Guard Company, Marine Barracks, at Cubi Point NAS, Subic Bay, R.P. in the mid-70's, on an accompanied tour. My wife had never been around Marines much---her father had been an Army Master Sergeant, and my first assignment out of TBS was a separation tour to the 3d MARDIV. One very hot and humid Friday afternoon she drove our restored '67 VW Camper down to the Commissary and loaded the back with groceries. She got no more than a quarter mile down the road, between the Commissary and the Main Gate to Olongapo, when the right rear tire blew. There she was, with a flat tire and a back end full of groceries on a stinking hot day, and she just sat in the driver's seat, trying to figure out what to do. Three young enlisted Marines in civilian clothes were walking along the road, headed for the Main Gate, and saw the Marine Officer bumper sticker on the Bus. The senior man, a Lance Corporal, immediately took charge, introduced himself and the two PFC's, and carefully unloaded the groceries, removed the spare tire and jack from the vehicle, changed the tire, and put everything back in place. My wife, mightily impressed and grateful, tried to pay them for their labor in the hot sun, but the senior Marine, bashfully dragging the toe of his Adida in the dust, simply replied, "S*it, Mam, it wasn't nothin'". God, I love Marines.

Don Kaag
LTC, Armor, AUS(Ret.)
...and sometime Sgt. and Cpt. of Marines

AAA Battalion Assoc

Sgt. Grit:
Because of attrition of age, I have become the head (no pun intended) honcho of the surviving members of the WW2 9thDefense/AAA Battalion Assoc. Similar, brother, battalions are suffering the same whittling-down--remember, units of this kind were organic to the Corps for only about five or six years in the 40's. So, the 6th, 7th, and 10th have joined us in a combined reunion at the Nation's Capital during 6-9 Oct this year. I hope to repeat this message a couple of months from now in these pages. We emphasize that anyone from a similar unit will be welcome to this shindig. Our battalions served in every clime and place from Iceland, to Cuba, to Pearl, to Wake, to Midway, to the Solomons chain, to the Central Pacific, to the Marianas, to Okinawa, etc., etc.--you name 'em! If any reader is interested, drop a line to former Cpl. (1942-46) Dave Slater, (212)348-8255; or call 'The Reunion Brat', (360)663-2521. Those of us in their 9th decade of life--some in their 10th--can still party in memory and honor of our comrades-in-arms of more than 60 years ago.
Semper Fi.

Entertaining Talks With The DI's

Sgt. Grit

On January 20, 1954 I joined the Marine Corps, one of the proudest moments in my life at that point in time. Parris Island was my home for three months, considerably different than my normal life style. Assigned to the First Battalion, Able Company, we enjoyed sights of the swamp, daily walks, entertaining talks with the DIs, etc., on a daily basis, enjoying our pleasures were two of the finest DIs in the Corps (believe that Sh*t?) After boot camp came training as an aviation mechanic, eventually working on helicopters.

On November 14, 2003, 49 years later, I stood on the same parade field at Parris Island, S.C. and watched my grandson, PFC Tyler B. Sims, graduate from boot camp, 2nd Battalion, Fox Company. This was the proudest day of my life and brought tears down my face. He just made L/Cpl a short time ago. He is an Airframe Mechanic on helicopters, and kind of following in my footsteps. He feels good being a Marine, with all the pride and integrity that goes with it. The Marine Corps will always be a big part of my life and I know it will be the same for my grandson.

Blood made us related: The Marine Corps made us brothers: Semper Fi

Harry J. Sims, Sgt.
USMC 1442867

Capt Threw His Luggage

Ye's, it did bring a tear to my eyes, and a lot of memories. One I'll relate, caught a plane at LAX after disembarking at NZJ and caught a cab with 2 Capts I knew from HMM-264. We were all returning from RVN. Yellow cab made a quick trip to LAX and we caught the plane and away we went to our first stop at Houston, Tx. While disembarking a "worker" said to one of the Capts "I see they finally kicked your Marine @ss off , good riddance. The one Capt threw his luggage down and grabbed the worker severely and was about to "plunk" him, when a man with a badge stopped him and said "heard it all Capt. I'll take care of the man". The rest of my flt was uneventful but we did some "hard talking" while drinking in the lounge. Oh well, life goes on. Dave

To His Home As A Boy

Happy, but sad 60th Anniversary to all U.S. Marines on this infamous date, the bloodiest battle in U.S. Marine Corps history on Iwo Jima, Japan!! Here’s to my old dear friend and U.S. Marine - old Bob Izer of Milton, PA , who was there . I used to go to his home as a boy and teen and he would tell me stories of his time on Iwo Jima, Japan.

Semper fi,
Jim Runyan II
USMC ' 78 - ' 82

As Often As I Can

Greetings Sgt Grit.

My job has brought me to Hawaii for the next 3 years. I purchased a t-shirt from you that says on the back "America, Home of the Free, Because of the Brave" and every time that I wear the shirt to a pub or restaurant, I get someone, be they military or tourist, who comes up to me and says "nice shirt" or "I love the quote on the back". As you know, the Marine Base in Kane'ohe has lost a lot of fellow Marines lately so I wear this shirt as often as I can in honor of our fallen brothers.

Keep up the good work. Semper Fi. Cpl Wayne Scott USMC 1/12/67 - 12/15/69

Bumper Sticker Responses

You'd better not remove those bumper stickers!

Why! Because I "Support Our Troops". I'm One of "The Few...The Proud...The Moms!". "I Survived My Son's Marine Boot Camp". Remember, "Before Boot Camp, There Was Mom!" Everyone knows "Ain't Nothin Meaner Than A Marine Cept His Mamma!" So, I suggest you ask yourself, "What Would Chesty Do?"

"God Bless The Marine Corps!"

Sheila Williams
Mom of LCpl. Stanley Keith Williams--and d*mn proud of it!!!

Never, Never, Never, take the bumper stickers off, If you do . They win and us Marines are not used to losing. heck there are allot of people that do not like what Marines do, yet we have to salute smartly and carry on, To protect all in spite of their opinions and stupidity, That is way God made Marines.

hang in there and I will just have to order more bumper stickers tonight

KT Cole
Killer Team Cole
1/1 Viet Nam

let them stay who cares what others say us devil dogs know and are d*mn proud of it. i also will die a marine and d*mn glad of it best choice i ever made in my life.. thanks keep it up its all good to go

i approve of your decision - let me give you a quote please -

"So you've got someone angry with you - good that means you have stood-up for something at some point in life ! ... "
Winston Churchill

you continue to stand-up for the Marine Corps - and all the armed forces fighting to keep us free and alive.

at one time our duty as active Marine - now our duty is teaching people about the bravely of Marine Corps. some of your bumper stickers are GREAT and some are good . you will know by sales. but keep'em fly'in right next to that Marine Corps Flag. Bob

I have two on my car. Chesty Good Night Wherever You are (I know where he is) and It is God's job to forgive Ben Laden and our job to arrange the meeting" If they don't like them they can screw themselves. I see more yuppies wearing fatigues uniforms. What nerve, they would get into a battle and hit the enemy with their pocket books.

Semper Fi
Rick S.

SSgt. Huntsinger,

Keep up the good fight. I think what you are doing is amazing. If it wasn't for staff nco's, like you, the Marine Corps would have been boring. SEMPER FI.....

Cpl Pearson, Jonathan
3rd batt/ 5th mar 1992/1997

You made the right decision about the bumper stickers. We all have the right to express ourselves any way we want to. You don't have to take any lip from other people. You have the same freedoms they, except, you were one of those that made sure their freedoms were still there for them. WAY TO GO.

Semper Fi
Lcpl John Cooney

In reply to SSgt DJ Huntsinger 68-75 Letter about his Bumper Sticker. OooRahhh SSgt for sticking to your guns Marine. I have several on the back of my 05 Ford Truck and get both kinds of the same responses. I just smile and wave at those negative bums and remember; There are two kinds of people in this world; Marines and those who wish they were Marines. I ware my Marine EGA every day and when those nuts look at me funny I just smile and know in my heart they could never cut it as a Marine.

Stand tall Stand Fast in your convictions and don't give the Ba@#&*s the satisfaction, they will never get it. Semper Fi SSgt Huntsinger.
D.A. Yoder, Sgt USMC 63-71

I'm 69 years old, retired in '73, I have bumper stickers on my SUV, all of them about the Corps. They have gotten a lot of comments from people, ALWAYS GOOD. Several times in the Wal-Mart parking lot someone will approach me and tell me their son or grandson or daughter is a Marine. We always shoot the breeze about the Corps and I always encourage these folks with words about how great the Corps is and how I have never regretted a day of my service to my country in the Corps.

Keep those bumper stickers in stock.

Terry Sampson
1stLt USMC (Ret)

My late father was an 'old time' Marine to. World War II and Korea. He died at the age of 86 after all that hardship and combat. To his very last moment he was a Marine through and through. I know I can speak for him when I say "let the bumper stickers STAY." You are not ever going to make everybody happy.
Semper Fi.......Walter Koch

Most people are just jealous of the bumper stickers. I say F$%^ em if they don't like it!

Once a marine. Always a marine!

Semper Fi!
Kknight, USMC Ret.

I'm a Cpl. of the old Corps, CGForceTroops FMFlant, Camp Lejeune, N.C. 73-76 and MAG 41 NAS Dallas 81-84. I work for a French company, Alcatel, and have the "First Iraq, then France", and have a full range of responses. My French company does not like it, but, life is a beach!

Cpl. Chuck

Don't ever compromise on what you believe is right. I'm sick and tired of all these bleeding hearts who say this offends them. Well just like it's their right(as they say) to protest it's our right to say what we think. "F" them and keep on with the bumper stickers.
MSgt Gregoire USMC

I Will Be At

Sgt Grit

On March 24 2005 I will be at the graduation of my nephew Dustin T. Smith E co 2nd btn Parris Island S.C. he will be on the same parade deck I was on in 1966. My thoughts go to the ones who gave there time to teach me how to stay alive in Vietnam and to be proud to say I am a United States Marine. So toS/Sgt R.J. Allen,Sgt R.J. McCarrick and Sgt. D.W. Cargill thank you for making this day possible

semper fi
William Watson cpl of marines 1066-1972

We're Comin' Brothers

I would like to start by saying thank you to all the families, friends, and marines who post in this newsletter. I am currently stateside prepping for what will be my third tour in Iraq and every time I read the posts from you all I feel the love, pride, and commitment of our country that caused me to join the Corps. It never fails to make me a bit misty. To our fallen I say this, you have paid the ultimate price so that we may continue in your stead, we will meet again, and thanks for watching my back. For those stuck over there now, we're comin' brothers, hang in there. Again, thank you all, God bless, and Semper Fi.

J.S. Whittaker, Cpl USMC
3/7 I Co. Wpns Plt

I Smile And Tell Them

Hey Sgt. Grit,

I am disabled, and I know I could not keep up in a forced march.

But I would try, because I am a Marine.

I am 50 pounds heavier, slower, balding, and in a fight I may not do well.

But I would do my best, because I am a Marine.

People look at my USMC bumper stickers, and ask why do I have them.

I smile and tell them, because I am a Marine.

I have endured much pain, sweated a river, and stood tall when it was over.

Because I am a Marine.

I stand when I hear on the news that another Marine has died for his country.

I salute, and there are times when tears start to flow.

My wife asks me, why are you doing that?

And I simply tell her, BECAUSE I AM A MARINE.

Semper Fi
Louis A. Gilman
USMC 1973-76

Would Be Stranded For

Sgt Grit
I am an "Old China Marine" (1946~1947), stationed for awhile at Chingwantao with H&S Co 7th Regimental Quartermaster. I also spent sometime riding the trains from Tiesten to Chingwantao as a train guard. When the commies would blow the tracks up both in front as well as in the rear, the good old "C-Rations" would come in handy. At times we would be stranded for 1 or 2 weeks waiting for the temporary tracks to be laid. Would like to hear from any of the China Marines. I want to extend a "Job Well Done" to our "Warriors" that are securing the piece in Iraq. Please continue to send me the newspaper. I enjoy reading what is going on.

Semper Fi!
Sgt Vortisch (1945~1951)

Some Of You Old Hands

On 20 Feb 2005 at 1400 in the USNH Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base Jacksonville, NC "Johnny" Lipes was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal for saving the life of Darrell Rector, a shipmate, while in submarine USS Seadragon SS194. This was done while submerged 120 ft. below the South China Sea off the coast of Japan, on 11 Sept 1942. Some of you old hands will remember hearing this story in the 50's and 60's. Pharmacist Mate1/c Lipes, as Corpsmen were called until 1948, said among all the things he did as a white hat and an officer during his career that ran from 1936 to 1962 was the 2 years he was with the 2nd. Div USMC. He said it was a "most wonderful experience" . Any of you Marines remember him? God Bless the Corps (Marines and Corpsmen) Chuck Stark Riviera Beach Fl. Historian ,American Association of Navy Hospital Corpsmen

Every ship can be a minesweeper.............once!
BM1 Hathaway

Never Regretted

Sgt. Grit

I am impressed by the number of Moms interested in their sons in the Marines and their training and careers. I enlisted in the Marines on Feb. 6 1965, to escape rural poverty, an alcoholic father and a mother who only looked at me as a source of money. I have never regretted enlisting. To me it was a way out. I see lots of young people enlisting because they want to be with the best. The Marines are that. Looking at the training they receive today, I wonder if I could make it today. Of course that is a 57 year old body talking. At 17 I would have been more than willing to try anything.
Semper Fi
Sgt. Seneff 1965-69

Respect Any Native Can Get

Sgt of Marines, non-commissioned leader of men:
I do kindly respect the sh!t you put up with and the amount of email you get. As a fellow Jarhead and WARDOG I really do put into consideration what you do for the Marines. Serving as a Machine gunner/admin clerk for the Marines of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division in OIF I, I know the hardships you and many dedicated Marines have gone through during the weary battles and hardships of being the Best THERE IS.

I wanna let every "killer" out there know that Native Americans from Canada, like myself are proud to serve with you professionals and enjoy the warrior spirit that comes with the hardcore training and discipline that have instilled in us from our god-forsaken reservation and through Boot-camp. As Canadian Citizens, we as Native Americans know that serving in an Elite Fighting Force as the Marines can and will bring proper and civilized living back to our reservations. We look up to our veterans for their honor, courage, and commitment for their country(ies) and prove to the North American Nation that we are here to defend and to be sure that we are there to serve beside the best there is, the Marines.

I came from a poor family troubled by alcoholism, drug addiction and violence, only to prove this place, a place that promotes negativity in one's life can be changed by making the right choice and stepping up and creating a change such as I have along with many other fellow Mi'kmaq Marines. If you were to look up the treaty of Watertown, you'd see what many Mi'kmaq warriors from Canada have done for centuries and continue to this day. I have served in Camp Pendleton, but it's my people, the Mi;kmaq that have proven and shown me the respect and admiration a Marine attains for. Over here in Nova Scotia, a Mi;kmaq youth who decides to serve in the military (whether it'd be U. S. or Canada) is greeted with the most utmost respect any Native can get.

I'm looking forward to hearing your response on this Sergeant and believe that with your ethics and morals, you will help promote those "Canadian" Native Americans often overlooked, that continue and will always will serve beside the most powerful nation and maybe show recognition for YOUR friendly neighbors from the Great White North.

We'lal'in (Thank You in Mi'kmaq)

Proud Corporal Of Marines (2000-2004)
Cpl Clint J. Bernard-Phillips
1st Battalion, 4th Marines
1st Marine Division
Camp Pendleton, CA

In A World Of

Sgt. Grit,

I just spent over two hours on Merry Pantano's website at This is the site that she set up to keep us Marines and other patriotic Americans apprised of the situation her son, Lt. Ilario Pantano, is in. It's been a long time since I was on active duty and I served with some good Lieutenants and some not so good. In a world of indecisiveness, weakness, and political correctness, this Lieutenant stands tall. He took care of his men. Major Duncan would call him a Lion (as opposed to a Lamb) and Chesty would have loved him. We need to support Lt. Pantano as he faces what is possibly the biggest test he will ever face. All for doing the job he was asked to do and doing it well. If you go to the site, it has his e-mail if you would like to send a word of encouragement. My son is a Marine and is ready to deploy to Iraq. I hope he is fortunate enough to have a platoon commander like Lt. Pantano.

SF, Mike Damigo
Sgt. of Marines

New England

This years New England Quad State Convention will be at Rhode Island. (See the attachment) Because were all small States, (ME. NH. VT. R.I.) we rotate the convention site. I like to reach out to all Marines in the New England area to join the League. Its all Marine and has been around since 1936. We have a lot of WW II, Korean and Vietnam veterans and then it seems to trail off. We're looking over our shoulder for those Gulf War and now Iraq veterans to close ranks with us.

Semper Fi!
J. Shea 53-61 Dept. of NH MCL

New England Quad State Convention
80 Alden Drive, West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893
Phone: 401-821-1479 E-mail:

What I Did At Summer Camp

Actually I started boot camp in mid-September, but it was still so hot during the day at Parris Island, South Carolina, that black flags flew for several days during the first few weeks there. Black Flag Days were designed to eliminate strenuous physical activities due to the high loss of recruits who would be overcome by heat exhaustion. The Drill Instructors side-stepped this handily. Faced with the Herculean task of cramming beaucoup hours worth of training into an 18 hour day, they simply continued the prescribed curriculum indoors or in some "out of the way" locale. Once you realized that these Drill Instructors were pushing you to the limit so that your chances of survival would be greater in actual combat, their methods began to make sense and, in fact, contained profound wisdom as well as a GREAT deal of humor. Each of us has a funny story or two from boot camp. I've been told I should share this one with all of you.

There are three phases to Marine Corps boot camp. In Phase 1 they try to kill you, or at least it seems that way. You discover to your amazement that there are a myriad of rules and procedures that MUST be followed at all times. The hard part is that the rules are made known to the platoon one at a time, as each is broken by an unsuspecting recruit. (Ask a former Marine what happened the first time someone called his rifle a "gun".) Thusly, one learns how things are accomplished "The Marine Corps Way". No recruit may speak to ANYONE without permission from a Drill Instructor. No personal pronouns may be used when speaking, e.g., "I", "me", "my", "you", etc. No one may laugh or even smile. (When we were photographed in our half-set of dress blues ["the kind they bury you in", we were told] "If you so much as grin, I will break your skull!") Phase 1 lasted the longest of the three, or perhaps it just seemed to.

Phase 2 consisted of two weeks at the rifle range followed by one week of "Mess and Maintenance". Week one was "grass week" where each recruit learned the proper positions for firing an M-14. The essence of these seven days became individual studies on how long the human arm could function without circulation and still survive. Week two was live-fire week ending with qualification day. I fired Sharpshooter on "Qual Day" because I liked the medal. (No Bull) It was a Maltese or "Surfer's Cross" with a Marine Corps emblem in its center and was, by far, the best looking medal of the three. Week three found us working in the chow hall somewhere scrubbing pots or peeling spuds. Three other recruits and I were sent to the Close Combat Course where we cleaned, painted, raked gravel, and one afternoon hand-rubbed linseed oil into the stocks of brand-new deactivated M-1 Garand rifles. (They were to be used during swimming qualification as "necklaces".) The "SWISH" of the tomahawk startled us all but especially the recruit whose head it barely missed as it embedded itself in a nearby oak. "D*mn! I Missed!", came the retort from the Close Combat Instructor. The recruit nearly fainted.

Phase 3 was testing and "war games" in the field. Recruits were allowed to blouse their trousers and retain some hair on the very top of their heads (a "high and tight"). We began to feel "salty' and entertained the thoughts that we might actually make it to graduation. Some of us were wrong but that isn't why I'm telling you all this.

In the field at Parris Island you were taught many things. One of the most memorable experiences was the Day Infiltration Course. You had to crawl under barbed and concertina wire from point A to point B. As combat Marine recruits, we were burdened with 782 gear, pack, rifle, bayonet, and helmet. While you attempted to negotiate this course, an M-60 fired over your head, blocks of C-4 were detonated in sand bagged craters nearby, and Drill Instructors threw sulphur grenades at you to make you "HURRY UP!". All in all, it was a great way to spend an afternoon.

When it was Indian Company's turn, all four platoons in the series were seated in formation and prepared for instruction on the situation facing us. The instructor for the course, a gunnery sergeant with a thick New Jersey accent, took the platform and briefed us on this obstacle and what we were about to learn from it. "Dee traynin' tuhday is about a classic Muhreen Cohr tactic.....a fruntal assauhlt in dee face uv hostile enumee fiyah", he began. He went on to explain, among other things, that staying low to the ground was the key to survival. You did this by low crawling toward the enemy while consciously digging a furrow with your helmet. The reason for this was that the enemy fire would glance off the left and right of one's helmet and ,although possibly injuring an arm or leg, one could continue the assault. "Ahr dayer any questions?", he asked at the conclusion of his lecture.

One recruit raised his hand. "SPEAK!", commanded the instructor. "Sir, the private understands the frontal assault and how enemy bullets can glance off of the side of the private's helmet, but what happens if a bullet strikes the private's helmet in the center?"

The instructor momentarily looked perplexed. It was obvious that NO ONE had EVER asked this question before. The gunnery sergeant spread his feet apart and placed his hands on his hips as he prepared his thoughtful reply. "For our poipuhsez heah tuhday, we will not be inturested in doz bullets wit yohr name written upon dem. We ahr inturested only in doz bullets dat ahr mahkt: "to whom it may cunsoyn". Please let me know if you would like those bullets sent to you and I will get them on their way most rikki tick. Tah tah for now.

Ed Fryzel

Marine Corps Recruiting Association

Sgt Grit:

The Marine Corps Recruiting Association is looking for a few good men! If you are now a recruiter, former recruiter or been associated in the recruiting field, active duty, retired or former recruiter, we want to hear from you. Please contact the following for more information and view our website

Dan Johnson, President, 4112 Driscoll Dr. The Colony, TX 75056-3014 Phone: 972 625-0720 or E mail or Jim Simmons, Sec/Trea, Rt 31 Box 153C, Milo, MO 64767 Phone: 417 944-2632 E mail

Jim Simmons
Sgt USMC 1955-1964

The Docs Are Amazed

Dear Grit,
I've been receiving your newsletter for quite a few years and am so glad my Corps Bubby Kevin told me about you. Both my wife and I avidly read your newsletter and many times because of her sight problem I have to read it out loud for her. We laugh and cry with each comment. Since we found you we have purchased many items and we both wear them proudly. We're always getting favorable comments about the items and have turned many members or our Corps family on to you.

I recently had a cardiac catheterization done and lo and behold I will need a complete overhaul (between 2 and 5 bypasses) and some valve jobs. The Docs were amazed that with this I'm still going strong. I told them that "It's because I am a MARINE!" The surgeon said that's most likely the answer. When I get admitted for the procedure I will be wearing my "Older but Wiser" Marine shirt my wife recently bought for me from your store. Semper Fi to all my Brother and Sister Marines as well as all members of our Marine Family.

Roman "Ski" Milanowicz

Quickest Way To Get

A couple of weeks ago on MSNBC a story broke about a young man drowning during his water qualification test at Parris Island, they were quick to jump in and say how could this happen and all that, One of the interviewers was a woman and may have been a Marine herself, her first words to the marine they were interviewing was Semper Fi, They at least tried to do a somewhat fair story on how someone could drown with all the people around. Its tragic that the young man lost his life. hopefully the inquiry that is to follow will find that it was just that a accident. The other part of the story was a video shot showed a DI striking a recruit in the chest with his forearm. My wife was horrified as was the mother of that particular recruit.

As I told my wife if that is all the happened to him he should be ok, and as my wife continued to say the typical rants I told her Marines are different, if we wanted soft training we would have joined the Army. And while some things in the Corps have changed due to Political Correctness at least some DIs remember the quickest way to get a recruits attention. Though since he was caught on film unfortunately this particular DI may have to face some pc music.
Frank H.

Short Rounds

The meaning of "Old Corps" means that anyone who enlisted the day before you did is "Old Corps". Just though I'd pass that on. Semper Fi 'Bro's. God Bless all of our brothers, mothers, dads, and all families!

Gen. Mattis is a fine warrior and leader, but somebody needs to remind him that the Marine Corps does not pay Marines to have "fun" shooting wife beaters and terrorists. This is not recreation. This is Marine Corps business.

Thanks to Gen. Mattis and his command for being so enthusiastically businesslike.

John McClaughry MAJ USMCR Ret.

God Bless General Mattis - He Is A True Leader...1/5 Mom

Third Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run Return to the Wall

Military investigators have decided there is not enough evidence to bring formal charges against a Marine who killed an unarmed Iraqi while his unit searched a Fallujah mosque, CBS reported on Wednesday.

Well, isn't this a stroke of genius!! I'm glad to read this news. He did exactly as he was taught to do, and did it correctly! More power to him.


Almost 2,000 Marines turn out for bone marrow drive in Twenty-nine Palms

From the Sands of Iwo Jima
To the Sands of Iraq

Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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